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6 Top Tips for Being a Great Interviewer

December 3rd, 2019

Hiring new employees is more than just another to-do. It’s crucial to the success of your company. And much of it hinges on the interviewing process. So whether you’re new to it or want to improve your skills, here are some tips from Spokane, WA’s recruiting team at Provisional Recruiting:

Tip #1: Know what you’re looking for.

Before the interview, go back to the job posting and review it, so it’s fresh in your mind. Also, highlight those qualifications that are absolutely essentials, while still keeping those that would be nice-to-have in the back of your mind. In addition, identify what kinds of personality traits are critical for success in the position. Once you have these details in place, it will be easier to spot who’s a good fit and who’s not.

Tip #2: Spend time preparing.

Beyond the work above, it’s also important to spend some time preparing, including structuring the flow of the interview, reviewing each candidate’s resume beforehand, and developing a list of questions. Also, jot down notes and questions that are specific to each applicant on their resume and bring it with you to their interview, so you don’t forget to cover these.

Tip #3: Ask questions that help you assess specific abilities.

While it’s important to ask some general questions, like why they want the job and why they think they’re a good fit, it’s also important to get more specific with the questions you ask. When questions are based around certain skills and qualifications you’re looking for, it will be easier to screen for them. So, for instance, if you’re looking for someone with experience with a particular software program, then ask about how long they’ve used it, what challenges they’ve experienced, and how it’s helped them in their work.

Tip #4: Don’t be afraid to dig deeper.

Some candidates will offer you a ton of details. Others are less forthcoming. It’s therefore important to get comfortable digging deeper and asking follow-up questions – such as “Can you tell me how you approached that?” or “What happened after that?” – until you get the answers you need. Perhaps you’ll come to realize that a particular candidate doesn’t have the right experience or abilities. But, as a result, you’ll be able to make a more informed hiring choice.

Tip #5: Treat each candidate respectfully.

If you want to provide a positive candidate experience and truly be able to assess each one, treat them like you’d want to be treated. That means showing up on time, giving them your full attention and turning your phone off, so it doesn’t distract you. This way, you can focus on what they’re saying – and how they’re saying it – all so you can get a better sense of whether they’re the right candidate for you.

Tip #6: Assess their skills in a real-world situation.

Once you’ve interviewed a candidate and believe they’d be a good match, create an opportunity to see them in action. This can include anything from conducting mock phone calls with them if you’re looking to hire a customer service representative, or giving them a homework assignment that enables you to assess a certain skill, such as writing. This will help you filter out those candidates who have polished resumes and interview skills, but not the abilities and experience to back them up.

Interested in help with your interviewing and hiring process?

Turn to the Spokane, WA recruiting team at Provisional Recruiting. We can handle all aspects of it, while you focus on other priorities. You’ll get great-fit candidates, faster and more affordably.